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Share Scotland 2022

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Date & time

  1. 23 March 2022 09:30 - 12:30
  2. 24 March 2022 09:30 - 12:30



Theme – Resilient people, communities and places

Building on the phenomenal response of local authorities and the wider public sector to Covid-19, the resilience of people, communities, organisations and places has never been more important.

Our conference will acknowledge the step change that local public service providers have taken since the emergence of the pandemic. Let’s make sure we can build on what we’ve done and believe in ourselves to sustain and do more.

Over the two mornings we want to come away with conversations and actions that will support us in harnessing digital, data and IT capabilities to:

• create social and economic wealth;
• improve productivity and employment;
• increase the health and wellbeing of all; and
• deliver resilient, sustainable and connected places – improving the quality of life for people and communities


  1. 09:30 Socitm Presidential welcome and introduction

    Sam Smith, Socitm President and Assistant Director of IT & Digital Services for Cambridgeshire County and Peterborough City Councils

    Socitm President, Sam Smith will run through the housekeeping, set the scene, share her thoughts and introduce our first presenter. This morning our sessions will focus on people. Our guests, presentations and discussions all offer reflections on local responses to the pandemic and how we now continue with Covid-19 as just part of everyday life.

  2. 09:40 Reaching 100%. Superfast Broadband for All.

    Duncan Nisbet, Stakeholder Engagement Director on the Reaching 100% Programme in the Digital Directorate, Scottish Government

    Duncan will provide a brief history of the Reaching 100% Programme from manifesto commitment to delivery, highlighting some of the challenges along the way, finishing with a peek into the future of broadband delivery in Scotland.

  3. 10:00 What makes a great accessibility statement?

    Laura Clark, Vice-President, Abledocs

    Creating and keeping your accessibility statement up to date is essential (and legally required). There are templates out there, but taking a step back and understanding what the statement is for (and how you need to maintain is) will be a huge help. Having a straightforward approach to the purpose of the statement and your plan to fix any issues will make things clear for you, as site developers, and your users.

    You will come away from this presentation with a clear idea of what the statement is for, what to put in (what to leave out) and how to work towards any/all fixes.

  4. 10:20 Panel session: Rapid response and innovation

    Sam Smith, Socitm President and Assistant Director of IT & Digital Services for Cambridgeshire County and Peterborough City Councils (Chair) | Jason Tutin, Digital Inclusion Manager, Leeds City Council & NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group | Jane Fowler, Head of Customer Support Services, Argyll and Bute | Kevin White, Head of Digital Accessibility and Usability, Scottish Government 

    Join this session and take away actionable insights on how local authorities, adapted quickly and innovated in such challenging times. During the session we will focus on:
    – Digital inclusion
    – Citizens being at the heart
    – Cross collaboration

  5. 11:00 Networking break

    Grab a tea or coffee, take a breather and the opportunity to virtually mingle and network.

  6. 11:10 Futureproofing professional learning and leadership

    Lee Dunn, Head of the Scottish Digital Academy, Directorate for Digital, Scottish Government

    Developing digital skills and leadership capability is essential in realising our potential as a thriving digital nation. It’s crucial that we look towards the future affordances of professional learning by building capacity, taking into consideration digital inclusion and accessibility and by offering opportunities for everyone, regardless of job role or grade. We’ll explore the ambition of the Scottish Digital Academy and look at specific examples of how we intend to enhance our offer across the public and third sectors, with a focus on leadership and coaching.

  7. 11:30 Leadership on Inclusion

    Steven Grier, Country & Regional Manager, Microsoft | Lois Ratcliffe, Internship Programme Manager, Inclusion Scotland

    In this session we will be joined by Lois Ratcliffe , Internship Manager from Inclusion Scotland and Steven Grier, Country Manager for Scotland at Microsoft , discussing what inclusion looks like post-pandemic, looking at hybrid working, inclusive working, inclusive design and diversifying digital tech talent. The focus will be on 3 key areas:

    • Leadership – the core skills and values required to evolve with the inclusion revolution.
    • Technology – great features hiding in plain sight.
    • Lessons – the great leveller or a supercharger of inequality?

  8. 12:20 Chairs closing remarks

    Sam Smith, Socitm President and Assistant Director of IT & Digital Services for Cambridgeshire County and Peterborough City Councils


Who can join our events?

Our events are open to everyone and relevant to all levels of staff, from new joiners right through to senior executives. This creates a vibrant mix which promotes innovation, sharing of best practice and drives the modernisation of public services.

Attendance is included in our membership and partnership packages. A fee may apply for non-members. Please see individual event registration details for more information.

Contact us to discuss your options.

Public sector – contact Poppy Whelan.

Private sector – contact Aimie Francis.